A Guide To Diverse Lip Styles

Written by Lopa KApr 02, 2024
A Guide to Diverse Lip Styles

Welcome to the world of diverse lip styles, where every pout tells a unique story! From bold and daring to subtle and elegant, our lips have the power to express our personalities and moods like no other feature. Whether you're a lipstick aficionado or a lip gloss enthusiast, get ready to celebrate individuality and beauty in all its forms

Join us as we delve into the colourful spectrum of types of lips, lipstick for lip types and how to accentuate them with lip looks


Types of Lips

FAQs on Lip Shapes

Now that you are familiar with the basic types of lips, here’s how to apply lip makeup for each of them in the most flattering way


1. Heart-shaped lips

FAQs on Lip Shapes

Image courtesy: @taylorswift

Heart-shaped lips are one of the most types of lips among makeup lovers. Pop star Taylor Swift is known for this romantic lip shape, which is identified by a well-defined cupid’s bow. In fact, even without lining or wearing lipstick, you can see the considerable dip in the middle of the upper lip inheart-shaped lips

It may or may not have a heavier lower lip, which in Taylor’s case is compensated for with her signature red, matte and overdrawn pout. To make your pout stand out and take the center stage, use a creamy but matte lipstick like the Lakmé Glitterati Collection Shine Lipstick. It has a hint of shine for you to stay on top of the new dewy trend and be glam-ready always!


2. Perfectly proportioned, full lips

FAQs on Lip Shapes

Image courtesy: @priscillaono

Yes, there is such a thing as perfectly proportioned, naturally full lips and Rihanna’s got them. This lip shape is defined by a well-balanced top and bottom lip, with the bottom lip usually protruding distinctively. And much like Rihanna, you can either balance out the lips with subtle pinks or make them the focal point of your makeup look with bold matte lipstick and lip liner for lip style perfection.

Pillowy, full lips can often be too distracting, so to balance them out, highlight the rest of your face. Flushed cheeks will tone them down a bit or an OTT eye makeup look will demand more attention. Meanwhile, use nude shades closest to your complexion to blend the lips with the rest of your face.


3. Top-heavy lips

FAQs on Lip Shapes

Image courtesy: @rosiehw

Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is known for her top-heavy pout, which is quite familiar given that a majority of Indian women sport this lip shape. It is heavier on top and does not have a distinctive dip in the Cupid’s bow. The trick with top-heavy lips is to balance out the distribution of weight as much as possible. A few simple tips are:

Start at the centre of the upper lip and follow the natural lip shape in order to avoid overdrawing. 

Apply different lipstick shades to the upper and lower lip, bright at the bottom and a slightly darker tone at the top. This will give the illusion of a balanced lip shade and make your mouth look proportioned as well.

If you do not wish to apply different lip shades, you can dab a little white pencil or eyeshadow at the centre of the lower lip to give it a fuller look.

Another easy trick is to underline the top lip just below your natural lip shape and finish the look by filling in this outline.


4. Bottom-heavy lips

FAQs on Lip Shapes

Image courtesy: @kyliejenner

Kylie Jenner’s famous pout might be the result of flawless makeup application, but her natural lips have the much cuter bottom-heavy quality to them that we personally love. While Kylie herself makes her upper lip look bigger to balance the pout, there are some other ways to enhance the look of bottom-heavy lips. Dab some creamy nude shade to the centre of the upper lip to add fullness or gently blur the lip line of the lower lip to blend it with your complexion. We love the nude shades of Lakmé Absolute Sheer Lip Mousse exactly for this purpose.

FYI, steer clear of gloss unless you want your mouth to look like it was stung by a bee!


5. Thin lips

FAQs on Lip Shapes

Image courtesy: @anushkasharma

Thin lips consist of less space and dimension on both the upper and lower lips equally. The best way to apply lip makeup to thin lips is to overline it with a pencil and smudge the edges to blend with your natural lip shape. This way you can apply both matte and liquid lip colours to create the illusion of fuller-looking lips. Going in with a lighter shade for the lower lip can add an extra touch of plumpness to the look. A dab of gloss in the centre of both the upper and lower lip will plump it up as well.


6. Wide lips

FAQs on Lip Shapes

Image courtesy: @priyankachopra

If you have ever been complimented on smiling ‘ear to ear’, it means that you have wide lips. Wider-set lips have the tendency to overwhelm your facial features, dominating your look whenever you smile. When applying lip makeup, balance out the width by overlining your lips to make them appear bigger. You can also just stick with overlining your lower lip only, this will add weight to your mouth

Nude shades with soft, matte textures will keep them looking chic and not too distracting. You can also shift focus to highlighting other facial features, like a smokey eye or flushed cheeks to balance out the lips. In such a case, the Lakmé Lip Love Lip & Cheek Tint is perfect as it has naturally rosy shades that can add colour to your cheeks and lips.


7. Small, round lips

FAQs on Lip Shapes

Image courtesy: @fkatwigs

Small lips have limited width, but they do have a significant protruding pout. They are round and have a natural pout to them that many women crave for. Some of the flattering textures of makeup to use on these lips are shimmery, glossy and even frosted lipsticks and tints. Steer clear of darker shades, as they can make them look even smaller, whereas bright undertones will accentuate them the right way

FAQs on Lip Shapes

FAQs on Lip Shapes

Q1. Can I exfoliate my lips every day?

Much like your skin, your lips also collect dead skin cells, leading to chapping and dullness. To avoid this, exfoliate your lips gently twice a week and add a lip balm to your lip care routine. Make sure not to over-scrub your lips, as they are sensitive and can get damaged. Mild sugar scrubs and chemical exfoliating agents in peeling lip balms are some gentle options for all types of lips.

Q2. Does licking your lips too much damage them?

Yes, the habit of licking your lips too much can lead to discolouration. Saliva does not combat dryness of the lips, in fact, the enzymes present in it make your lips dryer. Just slap on a hydrating lip balm if you feel your pout getting too dry

Q3. Do I need SPF for my lips as well?

Yes, your lips are susceptible to UV damage as well. To combat this, use lip balms infused with SPF and cover your lips from exposure to the sun as much as possible

Lopa K

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